UPDATE -- 4 September 2000: my original search engine (What U Seek) has been missing too many pages and words lately. Thus, I have finally added a new search engine, atomz.com, which, so far, seems much more thorough (for example, atomz.com indexed 155 pages versus 119 pages for What U Seek).
For the present, I'll keep both search engines so that each serves as a back-up for the other but I'd suggest that you try atomz.com first. (What U Seek is still valuable if you want a less detailed display.)
Regardless of which search engine you select, both have indexed my site for names (e.g., names of deities, authors, artists, etc), places, themes, locations, even single words like "mystical" or "green."
PLEASE NOTE!!!! -- these engines CANNOT handle multiple words so please don't ask for something like "Greek myth symbols" -- just go with "Greek" or "Greece."
Also, don't ask for "Garden of Eden" or anything else with "of " in it because this will mostly get you a zillion silly references for "of"!!! -- just try "Eden," "paradise," "Adam," "Eve" -- you do need to be resourceful!
If you're having trouble finding something, try alternate spellings. Remember: a robot-spider gathers this data, not a sensible English teacher, so be patient -- and creative!
ATOMZ.COM's Search Engine:
[Note: use your mouse to position the cursor in the little search-box.]
WHAT U SEEK's Search Engine:
then use your mouse to position the cursor in the little search-box.]
1. Go to Options (in the selections running across
the top) and click.
2. Select "Network Preferences" from the menu offered & click on that.
3. You'll get a form with tabs sticking out from the top -- find "Languages" and click.
5. Hit "OK" on the bottom and exit. (If you have Mac, perhaps a friend can help!)
http://websearch.about.com/library/weekly/aa070699.htmFor those who are interested in doing searches involving the entire web, and not just my site, here are a few links to data about general search engines on the web -- how to use them, which have the most listings, what to avoid, etc, etc. My "Reference" page also has scattered data on searches.
This page is from Esther Grassian in UCLA's College Library Instruction program: "Thinking Critically about WWW Resources." It focuses on how to decide if a site is worth your attention. I don't use all the criteria in my own searches but, when in doubt, I've found this information quite useful. It's always in the back of my mind as I explore the web.
From her fine "Translators' Site du Jour" (cross-listed on my Reference page), comes Susan Larrson's page on her 8 favorite search engines -- a great chart shows what each one accepts and how it functions.http://websearch.about.com/library/weekly/aa070899.htm
Subject: Homework QuestionsI get many requests every week from students (and sometimes from their parents) seeking homework help. I can't possibly answer these individually. Thus, I usually send a standard reply involving search engines. I'm including this reply on this page since it may help others:
I regret that due to the volume of e-mail I receive, I am unable to help with specific homework questions. My suggestion is that you check with your own instructor, or with your reference librarian.
You might also try various "search engines" on the web. There are many good ones out there. Among my favorites are
Alta Vista: http://altavista.digital.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q
and Northern Light: http://www.nlsearch.com/
Most search engines offer tips on how to do a search -- otherwise, you may end up with half a million links to wade through! (When I'm doing my own searches, I usually go through the first 200-300, and then I stop.)
I find Northern Light especially useful because they take huge numbers of links and place them in sub-categories to the left of your screen. If, for example, I'm searching for a mythic character like Medusa, I don't want to see links for computer programs named for that character, nor do I want links for restaurants, cheeses, beers, cruise ships, or rock groups named for her. I just want data on the myths surrounding her. Northern Light helps organize everything into appropriate sub-categories, which saves you a great deal of time and frustration.
I generally use several search engines for each item because there is often not a great deal of overlap. Dog pile, for example, might give me a handful of wonderful sites that no one else is listing.
Good luck with your search!
Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
My complete Site Map & e-mail address will be found on this Home Page.
Search engine installed 19 June 1999
7 August 1999;
23 September 1999;
10 January 2000; 19 & 21 January 2000;
10 February 2000; 2 March 2000; 28 April 2000.
Atomz.com search engine installed 4 September 2000
(page revised & updated to include both engines; didn't check links); 8 October 2000;
23 August 2001 (checked all links & added Google link).